Whether it’s the rising cost of a ticket, the everlasting bedbug epidemic or anything else keeping you from the movie theaters this summer, you’re in luck. Here are places you can enjoy some of your favorite movies outdoors— for free! Grab a blanket, snacks and friends and check out these places to watch movies outdoors this summer in New York City. By Carly Sitzer.

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

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The HBO Summer Film Festival is back in Bryant Park this summer, bringing you movies every Monday night when the sun goes down. Entrance to the lawn opens at 4 PM, so get there early to get the best seat to watch one of the classics—like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Airplane!and more—this summer beginning June 20.

Rooftop Films

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Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization dedicated to getting people outdoors to support the underground film community. The film series, which will run every weekend to Aug. 15, will take place in several venues in the city. Additionally, many of the screenings will include a Q&A with the independent filmmaker behind the film.

Syfy Movies with a View

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Syfy will present Movies with a View from Brooklyn Bridge Park beginning July 7. What could be better than watching movies about New York City with New York City in the background? Showings will begin at 6 PM and include classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Ghostbusters.

Intrepid Free Summer Movies

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Intrepid is celebrating their third annual summer movie series by playing adventure movies for all generations including The Goonies, Back to the Future, Spidermanand more. The series will be held every other Friday night—doors open at 7:30 PM, movies begin at sunset.

Epix Movie Free-for-All

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You’re sure to find an outdoor movie screening in your neighborhood, thanks to Epix Movie Free-for-All, which is holding screenings in the East Village, Coney Island, Brooklyn and Queens. They’ll be showing the best movies for any audience—including Rango for kids, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never for pre-teens or The Godfather for adults.

Summer on the Hudson: Movies Under the Stars

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Riverside Park will be hosting their Movie Under the Stars series as part of their Summer on the Hudson program. The theme of this year’s movies: Terrorible, terror through the decades. The series will kick off with The Invisible Man on July 13 and will continue every Wednesday at dusk.

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Carly Sitzer is an intern with CBSNewYork.com.

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